Author: Gary McKenzie

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Highs and lows

Gary McKenzie on the emotional highs and lows of racing There were worrying scenes at Ascot last week after the top-rated chaser, Cyrname, fell at the last fence. It was a horrible fall (as...

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The ‘machine’ is in full working order

The ‘machine’ is in full working order The Dublin Racing Festival was just brilliant. And the headlines were dominated by a twelve-year-old novice chaser. Faugheen won his third race over fences, beating Easy Game....

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Sacre bleu! What a darling horse

It is not often that the final race of a meeting on a Wednesday in January attracts a lot of attention. But the closing bumper, or the Premier Food Courts Standard Open National Hunt...

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Five-day Festival? Forget it

It is only January but Cheltenham is already dominating the sport we all love. Chiefly because there is a debate regarding the greatest show on turf. When I was young Cheltenham took place over...

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A feast for St Stephen

A feast for St Stephen’s day Boxing Day is great for a sports nut like me. A full programme of football, top rugby games, and, this year, there are two test matches in the...

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Memories are made of this

On December 20th 2003 myself, my two children, and my parents had planned to go to Ascot for their Christmas meeting. The day was cold and frosty and there was an early inspection called...

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It made me Tingle

It made me Tingle There was a lot of hype surrounding the Tingle Creek Trophy Chase of 2004. It was well founded. The favourite, Azertyioup, had won the Queen Mother Champion Chase and, on...